It is being billed as a digital music war. Amazon.com today announced adjustments to the pricing plans of its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services, a move which Peter Kafka at All Things D humorously notes is part of a “cloud war” directed at Apple’s yet-to-be-released online music service.
So, what exactly did Amazon announce today?
For one, at least for a limited time, Amazon said that customers who buy a Cloud Drive storage plan will be able to receive unlimited space for MP3s and AAC music files. To qualify, customers must at the very least purchase a $20 per year plan for 20 GB of storage through Amazon. It also is allowing customers to store all of their Amazon.com purchased MP3s for free in Cloud Drive.
The company notes:
Customers can now store all of their Amazon MP3 purchases for free in Cloud Drive, including future MP3 purchases as well as all purchases made before the launch of Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. MP3s purchased from Amazon MP3 and stored in Amazon Cloud Drive will not count against a customer’s storage quota.
Amazon.com also announced Cloud Player for the iPad, allowing for an optimized experience featuring “streaming playback” of Cloud Drive music using the Safari browser.
Kafka notes that Apple plans to charge $24.99 a year to store up 25,000 songs in its soon-to-be-released iTunes Match service. And he reports that Amazon still is not offering a version of the music service for the iPhone or iPod.